Meet Jaenette and discover more about her journey in becoming a Travel Counsellor franchisee.
I am super exited to start my own travel business. I have been contemplating starting my own travel business for a couple of years. During the Covid-19 crisis, it became clear to me that this was the way I wanted to go.
What do you love most about working in the travel industry? I love the planning holidays. I love that I can use my expertise to make my customers dreams come true. And I love the satisfaction when making my corporate customers trips seamless.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to travel to Vietnam and Laos.
What are you most looking forward to when you are a Travel Counsellor? I am looking forward to being able to work from home in my own family environment. I love that I will soon be able to visit my clients at a time that is convenient to both them and I. I am also looking forward to being able to deliver a personalised concierge travel service.
What is your background and where did you work before becoming a Travel Counsellor? I worked in London for a company called Opodo.co.uk for about 3 years. I later spent 9 years working for a large travel company in the Stellenbosch area. Thereafter I spent another 4 years working for another large retail company in Paarl. July 2020 presented the time for me to put all this experience to good use, and to start my own travel business. I chose to partner with Travel Counsellors. I signed up to attend their 2-week July Induction training online. My laptop was couriered to me with everything already pre-loaded. All I needed to do was to plug it in and log on with my unique passwords. It was that easy!
What motivated you to start your own travel business? Covid-19! It changed a lot in the World, but for me it meant a complete reset and a refusal to go back to what was the norm. I needed a change and Covid-19 was the change. There was no better time than NOW.
What are you looking forward to most about being a Travel Counsellor? I can't wait to do what I love most, selling travel. I look forward to reaping the rewards and to enjoy a greater job satisfaction.
Have you set yourself any goals or milestones for what you want to achieve in your first year? I want a build a great reputation for myself and my business. I would love to feel awarded for my efforts that I will be putting into my business. I look forward to the day where my work will be recognised.
Can you relate to Jeannette's story? Have you considered what your future in travel could look like? Could Covid-19 present an opportunity for you to start your own travel business, like it did for Jaenette? If you would like to explore this opportunity, then please get in touch.